Gag us with a spoon. CNN is positively giddy over Hillary Clinton's alleged "takedown" of White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer during a speech she gave in Los Angeles and now the lemmings' new mantra is: "She's not walking in the woods anymore."
To provide context, Spicer is drawing ire among liberals for the way he handled a contentious exchange with reporter April Ryan during Tuesday's press briefing. Clinton wove the Spicer-Ryan exchange into her speech, which also touched on the certifiable Rep. Maxine Waters. The point? Spicer is sexist, racist, a Brown Shirt... you get the idea.
CNN's Don Lemon and his band of merry men -- we mean, panel of "analysts" -- were jubilant over Clinton's "comeback."
"Hillary Clinton is back!" one chimed in. April Ryan happened to be a part of the segment was chuffed indeed that Clinton came to her defense. Newsbusters provides a summary of Clinton's remarks and a transcript of Lemon's segment:
CLINTON [clip]: April Ryan, a respected journalist with unrivaled integrity, was doing her job just this afternoon in the White House press room when she was patronized and cut off trying to ask a question. One of your own California Congresswoman, Maxine waters was taunted with a racist joke about her hair. Now, too many women, especially women of color, have had a lifetime of practice taking precisely these kinds of indignities in stride. But why should we have to? And any woman who thinks this couldn't be directed at her is living in a dream world.
“And we're back to the campaign, it seems like,” Lemon joked before begging Ryan to tell her side of the story, “But seriously those are very strong words. What did you think of the Secretary's comments?”
APRIL RYAN: No, it wasn't the campaign.
LEMON: But seriously those are very strong words. What did you think of the secretary's comments?
RYAN: I was surprised. I arrived home and was with my daughters and someone said: “did you see Hillary Clinton?” And I was like “no.” And I saw it and I couldn't believe it. I was shocked. But I did go on Twitter and said: “Preach!” So--
LEMON: Is it an audience of one, though? Listen, yes he [Sean Spicer] does work for the White House but ultimately he works for the American people and he sends -- the American people deserve the truth and as a reporter, you should be respected and as long as you respect him, he should respect you. And I thought that he was just really combative with you and it was not a fair -- it was not a good answer.
RYAN: Well Don, let me say this to you. That end of the day, he's going to do his job and I'm going to do mine. I’m going to come back tomorrow and I'm going to keep coming back. I mean, I understand what Sean is dealing with, but I understand what I'm dealing with as well.
But what I will say—And I’m going to go back to the comment about atmospherics. Part of the picture is the fact when Sean is like that or any press secretary is like that it's the reflection of the leader of the free world. So that is a reflection-- The way he came in the briefing room was a reflection of the President of the United States. So the President probably was angry about the Washington Post article and other things that are going on and it showed in Sean Spicer in his appearance that podium today. [...]
GLORIA BORGER: Hillary Clinton-- Hillary Clinton is back! Right? She's not walking in the woods anymore.
LEMON; No, no.
RYAN: Not all.